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  1. 2 minutes ago, BearBoy said:

    Wow, very cool. You really do have some exotic discs, @Richard.


    Do you know what the discs themselves look like?


    Yes, they feature Saehan's classic design as featured on other discs with the semi frosted front, but in neon yellow and dark blue, with matching translucent cases (photo courtesy of Jay Tilston). 


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  2. 3 hours ago, BearBoy said:

    I went to order another "small box from Japan" but it looks like the supply of MDW80Ts on Amazon.co.jp has dried up, at least for UK delivery. There's only one seller with a single box of 5 showing now and it's been that way for a couple of weeks.


    Not sure if it is a temporary drought or whether that's it?


    If you need some discs I can send you some - not MDW80Ts but can no doubt find something to suit!

  3. Scouter MD | Scouter 80 Minute series


    The Scouter brand was produced by the Komodakamikogoyo corporation, a company mainly concerned with producing paper and other raw materials for stationary. It was the only series of discs ever released by them and came in 3 colours - Black, Blue, and Red. Manufactured in Korea by Saehan.




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  4. On 6/10/2022 at 7:43 AM, kgallen said:

    @Richard you’re going to have to do a co-production with Techmoan to show all of your collection!


    (please delete message so your thread isn’t tainted!)


    I'm not sure he is even into collecting MD blanks is he? I don't know, I haven't seen too many of his video, the ones I have seen were mostly hardware related

  5. Daiso MD | Cutipop Series (2022 Revisited)


    This series from Daiso was released originally in 2005, although only the black and white discs. The grey appeared much later in 2007 and is believed to be a limited edition. It is one of the hardest (if not the hardest) of all Daiso MD's to find (and indeed of any brand). The grey was only available in the "no case" variant, but the white and black came in "with case" and "without case" variants. 




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  6. Daiso MD | Window Series (2022 Revisted)


    Daiso's Window Series is available in seven color schemes: Silver, Black, White, Blue, Red, Yellow and Green. This series was released in 2004. Made by Saehan of Korea. Only available in 74 min variants. * Individual disc photos to follow





  7. On 4/13/2022 at 7:06 PM, BearBoy said:


    Ah, good to know. Thanks @Richard. There seems to be a fair amount of MiniDisc development activity going on if the r/minidisc Reddit is anything to go by. Maybe someone will be able to crack this.


    On 4/13/2022 at 7:06 PM, BearBoy said:

    Yes, I did recall this after I'd posted the above. Looks like the best solution for now is old school real-time recording.


    Yes, there is a lot of dev going on the Minidisc Wiki Discord server. Reverse engineering remote protocols, developing WebMD pro version, dumping firmware etc.. 


    I guess for "old school" gapless SP indeed real-time is the way to go (that's what I do if I want SP, for Atrac 3+ I use Sony Software (X-App)). 

  8. 23 hours ago, BearBoy said:


    Tried with Web MiniDisc and got the same very slight "blip" that I got with CD to NetMD. It's not a really gap (i.e. silence) but more a very slight, but audible, stutter at the point of transition.


    I don't have SonicStage but maybe one of the guys who uses it could advise how that performs with gapless albums.


    Sonic Stage has always done gapless. I believe WebMD doesn't do it becuase it is built around open source NetMD libraries which had never implemented it (as opposed to the Sony code). Downside of course is that Sonic Stage doesn't do true old school SP.



    You're on the wrong forum, @Richard. You should be on OnkyoInsider 😉


    🤣 - Yeah you're right about that



    Is that PCM to ATRAC conversion done on the MD-105FX or via SonicStage?


    That last piece is indeed done on the computer - usually in X-App or SonicStage (I mean I could record direct in Atrac on the deck, but 352k is only available on the PC, and I keep a backup of the PCM files in any case)



    Does the Onkyo connect to a PC or is the recording just via digital/analogue inputs?


    Just analogue / optical inputs



    I completely missed the boat on Hi-MD and the cost of the (actual Hi-MD) blanks means it's a boat I am highly unlikely to ever catch up with...


    You can of course use any blank, not just the 1GB ones. Of course if you are doing a recording in PCM of a concert or something it's handy to do it on a 1GB disc first and then after I have converted it to 352k I'll just put it on 80 minute discs


    My setup is as follows - a bit of a mix 'n' match, but mostly Onkyo.


    • Onkyo CR-N765 networked bookshelf system - used for CD's, streaming Hi-Res FLAC files from the NAS drive upstairs, internet radio, amp
    • Onkyo C-705FX2 CD Player
    • Onkyo MD-105FX Hi-MD mini deck
    • Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-Ray player


    The Onkyo C-705FX2 is connected to the MD-105FX for synchro recording via optical from CD to MD. It is also connected to the CR-N765 via another optical for CD playback only. The Onkyo components are all connected via the control cables as well, so if you power off the amp it powers off everything else and if you switch on the C-705FX2 it powers on the CR-N765. 


    The CR-N765 is connected to the MD-105FX via analogue for recording from the radio to MD. 

    The MD-105FX is connected to the CR-N765 via analogue for MD playback

    The Sony Blu-Ray player is connected via coaxial to the CR-N765 for BD playback or if I want to record from a Blu-Ray I connect it via my SCMS stripper and a coax to toslink converter to the MD-105FX and I can record in PCM (which I usually then convert down to Atrac3+ 352k). 



  11. 4 hours ago, comspec said:

    Working with Bromite (Android). Today marks my first visit back to the site since 2009!  Hard to believe it's been that long. Still rocking my mini disc's daily in my office!  


    Welcome back!

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